August 14, 2013
I started reading a book last week called, “A Short History of Nearly Everything.” Someone I mentioned it to assumed by the title that the book was fiction. It is quite a fictional thought that someone could write a book and claim it included almost everything. I haven’t gotten very far yet but this is my kind of book. I realized that I had read one of his other books, “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.” Bill Bryson is the author and writes the way I’d like to write. He’s talking about it like someone you might listen to in a conversation because they have something interesting to say.
Since I’m only in the second chapter and far from being a good book reviewer I thought I might mention a couple of things I found out about this book. I like to read but my lack of time (partly my doing) keeps me from sitting and engrossing myself in a good story. This particular book (and many many others) is available in hardcover, paperback, kindle, audio CD, audible.com and you can borrow it in many of those forms from the library. Can I really say now that I don’t have time to read knowing there are a whole lot of ways I could be consuming this story? My drive to work is at least 30 minutes. The unabridged audio version on audible.com is 17 hrs and 48 minutes so this book would take me a little more than 17 days to finish if I listened to it in my car. When has their not been a better time to consume books than today!
Let’s see, my short history of not nearly everything goes like this for stories. Hundreds and thousands of years ago stories were told by people and then books came along. Some guy invented a recording device so we could listen instead of read. Another way, from a guy who says he invented the internet, allows us to download these books onto, hold on, another invention called the ipod. And who doesn’t have one of those kinds of devices? Now, go find some time and read a good book and get a short history of something under your belt!
Here are a couple of links to freebies of even shorter versions (samples) of nearly everything….